Flying in the Vietnam Nightclub Scene | Drugs & PR Girls
Laser lights at 212 Club
Saigon has some nightclubs – 212 and DC – which are like a mix between a G club and a regular disco.
Like a gentleman’s club because you can hire beautiful hostesses (PR girls) to sit with you, dance and party the night away for 500k dong (~$20).
Then people mostly stick to their groups at a table, not much mingling. People mostly go there to take drugs – ‘fly’ the Viets call it – rather than pick up girls.
Service staff are assigned to your table and wait on you hand and foot, lighting your cigarette, filling your glass, helping with the drugs, anything you need.
Table at 212 Club
Drugs are taken completely openly, a stark contrast to Thailand and the Philippines, really anywhere in SE Asia except maybe the Jakarta ecstasy clubs.
I’m not a huge fan of MDMA but when in Rome…
My stunning PR girl at 212 Club had me snort lines of Ketamine off her wrist, and was constantly paying attention to me to make sure I was having fun.
She’d point to the ceiling and ask ‘you up?’, then smile and playfully bump her forehead into mine. Then ask if I needed any more ecstasy.
Dancers at 212
We spent most of the night sitting smoking shisha or dancing around our table – complete with fruit platter and bottles of water to stay hydrated.
Then when the drugs kicked in guys would hug their PR girls and take selfies together.
Making me miss Vietnam
I felt like it wouldn’t go down well if I tried to walk around and hit on girls. It’s mostly close-knit groups of Viet guys and their girlfriends. I was the only foreigner I saw.
Most tourists go to Lush club (reopened), Apocalypse Now (hookers), or skybars like Chill, One Plus rooftop bar and The Penthouse.
So in that sense 212 and DC don’t feel like a normal disco, like Lush, or Route 66 in Bangkok. But they’re huge venues with sick EDM music played by very talented DJs.
You could just dance with one beer if you don’t want to get a table or PR girls. It’s optional. Just be careful not to crash some mafia crew’s gathering trying to get numbers.
Could tip a waiter to slip one your number though…
The waiters came with me even when I went to the bathrooms. I didn’t try to bang a PR girl as one Vietnamese friend I was with said they don’t bang, you gotta get their number and go on a few dates.
But then another friend said they’ll bang if the price is right. If so I’d assume at least 1.5 million dong and expect them to be shy of foreigners.
This guy got in with flip flops
But even two Viet Kieu guys (Viets that grew up overseas) had conflicting opinions. In Vietnam the high end hookers expect you to ball out on them and aren’t just going to go home with anyone. More like escorts.
I took a video to give you an idea, sorry about the shaky camera. As you can see it’s bigger than many nightclubs in Asia and has some dancers on stage.
My night flying at 212 club
I need to investigate further next trip! Overall it was a unique and fun insight into the Asian culture. You’re mostly there to be ‘seen’ and look flashy with bottles of Chivas, get high and bond with friends.
Everyone is dressed pretty sharp in these Vietnam drug clubs, no shorts. Don’t go dressed in Bui Vien backpacker style. The music was excellent. ‘Vietnam number 1’ for clubbing the waiters would tell me.
Set from ‘DJ Tits’
I got teeth clenching from the ecstasy and the Viet guys informed me a lot of pills there are cut with meth. We also had a problem with fake alcohol in Napoli club.
Drugs are illegal in Vietnam – small ‘fine’ for possession – but at 212 and DC Club they’re done openly. My group had E, K and coke delivered to the disco. If you’re on your own or without Viet friends for social proof it’s more difficult, but some waiters can hook you up.
Trippy ceiling lights at DC Club
Vietnamese guys are quite friendly and chatty, more so than Thai guys. Similar to Filipino guys. Often they strike up a conversation first and are keen to know about you. So you could try that route.
For weed you can walk around District 1 and expect to be offered marijuana every 10 minutes. Like Thailand you get ripped off a bit but not too much, weed prices are around $3-5 a gram.
Another good vid, DJ Candy Ha
For a couple bottles of Chivas, beers, fruit platter, the table, tons of bottled water, shisha, etc. the total bill at 212 Club was 6 million ($260) for 5 people, not including 500k tips for PR girls and drugs.
As Dante posted Ho Chi Minh City has a unique vibe to it. The same can be said of the clubbing scene.
Vietnam Nightclubs Location
- 212 Club on Google Maps, 400m from Vien Dong hotel (girl friendly)
- DC Club on Google Maps, 300m from Vien Dong
Near Bui Vien in District 1
Some more pics from going out in Saigon:
212 club PR girls
Coyote dancers at DC Club